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New Delhi : Exhorting the children to spread the message of ‘Clean Air’ throughout the nation, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on October 15, 2017, said that the “Run for Clean Air” campaign is the harbinger of positive energy for Clean Air.

With Deepawali festivities in the air, Dr. Harsh Vardhan told the gathering of students that the scientists have been asked to develop Zero-pollution fire-crackers that do not cause health hazards to children. Flagging off the “Run for Clean Air” campaign along with Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, from India Gate lawns here on October 15, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the ill-effects of pollution cause the maximum problems for children.  He added that combating pollution and protecting the environment can be effectively done through small steps by each and every citizen of the nation.  The Minister pointed out that when children take a pledge, they ensure that the campaign becomes a success.  Dr. Harsh Vardhan also administered a Pledge to promote Clean Air on the occasion, according to a PIB release.

About 10, 000 children from various schools from Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) were present on the occasion.  The Clean Air Campaign has been launched to create a mass movement to reduce air pollution. Swachh and Swasth Bharat can’t be achieved without Swachh Hawa. The idea behind the campaign is to entrust a sense of responsibility among people, so that they consider clean air as a collective responsibility.  The campaign organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is an extension of the ‘Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali Campaign’.  October 15 campaign coincides with the birth anniversary of former President Dr A PJ Abdul Kalam.  Both the Ministers paid tributes to Dr. Kalam on the occasion, according to the PIB release. Eminent singer Durga Jasraj sang a couple of compositions including a song on the importance of Clean Air.



Environment-friendly slogans on banners dotted the India Gate lawns.


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